ASU forced to DQ from Pac-10s due to illness
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Seven women’s conference championships ended Tuesday, and one bizarre event took place.
Arizona State had taken the lead after Round 1 at the Pac-10 Conference Championship and was building on that lead in Round 2. But the Sun Devils' hopes of defending their title suddenly vanished.
In the middle of the night before the second round, Arizona State’s Giulia Molinaro phoned assistant coach Missy Farr-Kaye because she was feeling ill. The situation had not bettered by morning, so Molinaro decided not to play. Her roommate, Jennifer Johnson, also became ill and decided to sit out, too.
Because Johnson was unable to play, Molinaro decided she would give it a go. But after six holes, she could continue no longer.
“I have never seen anything hit someone so fast,” Arizona State coach Melissa Luellen said about Johnson’s illness. “Giulia tried to play, since there was no way Jen could, and could not finish. She ended up having to get two bags of IV fluid.”
With two players withdrawing from the championship, the defending NCAA champs were left with just three players and the team was disqualified. Four scores are needed to complete a team score.
Nobody can pinpoint what caused the two players to become sick.
The remaining three Sun Devils finished the second round in the top 10 individually, with Carlota Ciganda leading the championship at 1 under. Juliana Murcia was two shots back, and Jaclyn Sweeney was four back.
UCLA leads the event.
This unfortunate incident could cost the Sun Devils the overall No. 1 seed and send them away from the West Regional.
And if all of that was not bizarre enough, Southern Cal’s Belen Mozo was disqualified after playing lift, clean and place during the round in which those conditions were not permitted. Mozo, who was supposed to be paired with Johnson in a twosome, was playing with a marker.
With the happenings at the Pac-10 being the only unusual events of the day, the magic number for the women stays put at 62.